Project DIY: Punk Revival Customization

If you haven’t heard of Project DIY, it’s our awesome new subscription service that allows you to create monthly curated looks with the best materials and most trending styles. So what are you waiting for? Subscribe today!  If you HAVE heard of Project DIY and subscribed, you’ve probably received the Punk Revival collection.

Well, now what? You can follow the instructions found inside each pack, or you can customize your projects and create something unique! If you’re looking to make something new, Project DIY designer, Michelle Levy, has created some fun items that can be made using the materials found in your Punk Revival kit!

Project DIY Punk Revival Bracelet | M&J Trimming

This leather bracelet is easy to make using the leather wrap cord from the Luxe Punk Collar, and the spikes from the Oversized Chain Pin. Just cut the cord in half, and seal each end under an end cap with E-6000. Once the glue is dry, create a double-strand bracelet by attaching both cords to one jump ring on each end of the clasp.

Finally, create a little charm by using a jump ring and the spikes, and add on wherever you like!

Project DIY Punk Revival Multi-Metal Chain | M&J Trimming

This heavy metal necklace will definitely make a statement!

Just follow the directions for the choker, and continue adding chains using the components from the Spike Tassel Pendant and Oversized Chain Pin projects. Use as many or as few chains as your heart desires!

Project DIY Punk Revival Chain | M&J Trimming

For this long statement piece, take the silver chain from the Spike Tassel Pendant, and the black chain and spikes from the Oversized Chain Pin. Attach the silver chain to the black one using one large jump ring. On another large jump ring, add all three spikes and attach to the end of the black chain.  We used the oversized gold clasp from the choker to finish it off in the back.

Project DIY Punk Revival Rhinestone Pearl Necklace | M&J Trimming

Going for the layered look? Make these two pieces! For the pin choker, use the leather cord from the Luxe Punk Collar and attach the large pin from the Oversized Chain Pin using some jump rings!

For the pearl necklace use the pearl strand from the Spike Tassel Pendant project. Simply leave it uncut—or adjust to the length you like. Attach the rhinestone spike chain from the Luxe Punk Collar by using 2 jump rings.  We used a lobster clasp from our Starter Kit to finish it off in the back.

Project DIY Punk Revival Custom Pin | M&J Trimming

For this super chic pin that you can attach to your sweater, boots or bag, start by making the tassel from the Spike Tassel Pendant. Then you just need to attach it to the oversized pin using a jump ring!

Project DIY Punk Revival Custom Pieces | M&J Trimming

Which customization are you swooning over? If you’ve already created your punk-rock pieces, don’t worry! You can still rework and repurpose the items you already have! Interested in making some of these awesome accessories? Hurry and subscribe! Today is the last day to sign up for October’s Punk Revival Collection.

DIY: Punk Spike Bracelet

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It’s been two months since we launched Project DIY, and we can’t get over how incredibly creative our subscribers are!  As some of you may have noticed, our October Project DIY box has more edge than September’s box. That’s because for October we’re embracing the Punk Revival vibe! The DIY below was a finalist for our latest box, but proved to be a little more dark and daring. Although this gothic design didn’t fit into the collection, we loved the bracelet so much that we just couldn’t keep it to ourselves!

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What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of 3mm Vinyl Braided Cord in Silver/Black #56150

1 Yard of 1.5″ Spike Fringe #57610

2 End caps

Jump rings

Lobster clasp

Scissors

Pliers

Wrapping Black and Gold Cord for Measuring

1. We’re going for the layered look, so wrap the cord around your wrist a few times to measure the length.

Cutting the Black and Gold Cord with Scissors2. Cut to your desired length.

Fixing Closure to Braided Trim

3. Take cord end caps, and attach to each end of the cord. Clamp down to secure cord in the end cap.

Attaching Jump Ring to Black and Gold Cord

4. Take a jump ring, and attach it to the hole on the end cap. Repeat this step on the other side, but add the lobster clasp as well.

Spike Fringe Laid Out

5. Now it’s time for the fun part: embellishing! Count 6 spikes, and then detach them from the chain. Repeat this until you have no leftover chain.

Attaching Jump Ring to Cord and Spike Fringe

6. The next step is to add one jump ring to each of the spike fringe segments you just created.

Closing Jump Ring with Spike Fringe

7. Finally, add the jump ring with the fringe chain section to the cord and close the jump ring. Repeat this step until all of the chain sections are attached to the cord.

Finished Spike Fringe BraceletYou’re all done! Pair this bracelet with some black jeans and a rebel yell, and you’re good to go! If you haven’t had enough punk goth aesthetic for the day, check out our Punk Goth Inspiration page for all of your dark and brooding needs. Looking for something a little more glamorous? Subscribe to this month’s Project DIY box!

Inspiration: Punk Goth

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October is all about getting in touch with the dark arts, ghosts, witches and other such spooks. Need help figuring out how to embrace your gothic edge? Here is some punk goth inspiration to make planning your pre-Halloween outfits super simple and stylish.

Boots Made for Talking

Jeffrey Campbell BootsThere is nothing more chic in goth attire than a big chunky boot. These Jeffrey Campbell shoes take gothic-wear to the next level with their fur and bead embellishments. And the quilted upper on the fur boot adds a luxurious little detail.

Prince of Darkness

Rick Owens Gothic Pieces

Rick Owens FW 2013

Rick Owens is the prince of dark fashion, but his gothic couture pieces resonate with everyone. He isn’t afraid of going against fashion protocol, as seen in his SS 2014 show in Paris!

Black Velvet

Ann Demeulemeester SS 2014

 Ann Demeulemeester SS 2014

 Ann Demeulemeester SS 2014

Belgian designer, Ann Demeulemeester is known for her dark avant-garde pieces that are all about asymmetry and a dash of androgyny. She prefers using monochromatic palettes, and black is her shade of choice.

Rock Royalty

Balmain Fall 2012 Embellished Jacket

Be punk goth royalty in this exquisitely embellished Balmain jacket. With all of the rhinestones and pearls available in our store, we wouldn’t be surprised if the designers at Balmain took a trip to M&J Trimming!

Painfully Shy

Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands

Ah Edward Scissorhards, the lonely recluse who just wanted to find a family and love. We wish he came to NYC instead of holing up in that mansion. He would have fit right in with the M&J Trimming family! His suit made of leather and buckles, deathly pale skin, and shy, introverted demeanor really made him a goth icon.

Are you a fan of the punk goth look? If it’s too dark and dramatic for you, you can always take a look at our more lighthearted and refined take on punk in our Project DIY Punk Revival collection!

Camo Print Spiked Headband DIY

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We’re crushing on everything camo print and these elastic bands are our latest obsession. Most people have been creating hair ties with these but we’ve opted to create a punk influenced head band.

SUPPLIES
18MM Foldover Elastic Style No. 25068 in Camo
7MM x 10MM Metal Spikes with Screw
Small Holed Hole Puncher

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STEPS
Wrap the elastic around your head, so it wraps around fully with three inches left over.

Cut the elastic at this point.

Flatten the elastic making evenly spaced holes with your small holed hole puncher.

HINT: The holes are tiny so do not fret if you have placed them in the wrong spot.

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Place the screw through the hole tightening the other end with the spiked end.

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Continue doing this until you have the desired amount of spikes

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Editorial Prints Featuring Chains

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Chains can be used in many forms especially in editorial prints. Chains can be considered glamorous, punk, gangster, or even precious based on how they are styled. Each of the following editorials have used chains in a series of ways yet one thing remain the same they are all created from similar metals. Similar to chains, people are born the same but shaped differently based on their culture, or upbringing. Fashion editorials may be selling clothes but they have can be considered an art form as well. Next time you pick up one of your favorite magazines try and examine the meaning or relevance of the glossy editorial. You may be surprised what you come across.

Jenna-Earle-and-Alena-Blohm-by-Jason-Kim-for-BlackBook-Oct-Nov-2012_Indian-Inspiration_Indian-Fashion-Trends_Scarlet-Bindi004Numéro-138-November-2012-Editorial-010 Push It Editorial xashley-smith-elle-belgium.jpeg.pagespeed.ic.c-eMqB1YeXElle Editorial ChainsGo Jane Blog

The 2013 Met Gala Recap

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Not only did the 2013 Met Gala bring art enthusiasts and fashion designers together, it brought our city together. Each year that the Met Gala takes place the city becomes a bit more vibrant. The punk theme truly brought nostalgia to the city and encouraged everyone to dress the part. We loved how each starlet had fun with their looks and we’re dying to DIY our own punk project.

FEATHERS"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaSarah Jessica Parker rocked a Giles gown with a custom Philip Treacy headpiece and plaid Louboutins

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaKristen Dunst wore a Louis Vuitton feathered frock

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaAmar’e Stoudemire’s pregnant wife Alexis Stoudemire wore a feather enhanced  Giambattista Valli couture gown.

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"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaJennifer Morrison stunned in a black lace Donna Karan number.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaKristen Stewart opted for a lace embellished Stella McCartney pantsuit.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaRooney Mara, the co-host of the evening selected an ivory lace Givenchy gown with zipper accents.

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"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaDonatella Versace wore her own spike enhanced gown.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaCameron Diaz donned a sleek blue Stella McCartney dress.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaSienna Miller was very punk in her Burberry ensemble.

DIY Punk Statement Necklace

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After all the inspirational DIY statement necklaces we found on the web and during NYFW, we decided it was time to make one of our own!  A little glue and glitz really does go a long way!

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Supplies

2 ft of chain

1 ft of 5mm rhinestone trim

1 ft of 1/8″ sapphire rhinestone trim

1/2 ft of rhinestone spike trim

Glue

Interlock buckles (in store)

Pliers

1.  Use your sticks for applying glue.

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2.  Find the middle of your chain trim and line it up with the middle of your larger rhinestone trim.  Glue these together as depicted.

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3.  Line up your blue rhinestone trim with the glued rhinestone trim and glue this on top of it.

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4.  Line up your spiked trim with the middle of chain and glue it onto the bottom of the chain.

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5.  Use your pliers to open the last links of your chain and add your buckle closures.  Close the links with your pliers.

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6.  Let this dry for 2 hours and you’ve created a new standout piece for your jewelry collection!

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M&J Mood Board: Goth and Punk

We’re back with another batch of Halloween inspiration, and this time we’re all about edgy goth and punk inspired items. From studs to skulls to barbed wire leather cord, we’ve got it all! We’d love to add some spikes to a leather jacket or embellish a clutch with a metal skull. Are you getting tempted to make a goth or punk inspired DIY? See some more inspiration below!

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